How to Volunteer In School Without Losing Your Mind #Imsigningup

Volunteering at school is rewarding, but let’s be honest; it can be hard work and time consuming. As a longtime volunteer at both of my daughters’ schools, I’ve learned how to help out without losing my mind. I hope you will use these tips and either start or continue to sign up and volunteer.

  • Learn to Say No – You have probably heard this a million times. Instead of just saying no, try to find someone else to do it. I keep a list of volunteers and we trade off on tasks and help each other out in emergencies.
  • KISS – Keep it simple silly – often times a volunteer project is overly complex because multiple people are working on it. Help break it down to simple steps and take on one step to do on your own.  Another example is instead of baking for a bake sale; ask a store to donate some goodies.
  • Make a Schedule – and stick to it. You know what the best days are for you to take on extra tasks. It may be the day that you have pizza for dinner, or when both of your children stay after school for chorus. Go ahead and use your school’s signup sheets to volunteer for those days.
  • Don’t Be that One Everyone Turns To – They love me, they really love me. You may think it’s a compliment, but it’s always that way when you volunteer. Usually a few people are the only ones who help out with everything. As much as you may want to do this, it’s a sure way to getting burnt out.

This may seem like a negative post about volunteering at school. I promise you it’s not. Instead it’s just practical advice so you can be the best volunteer possible. Since my daughter is taking online classes instead of attending school this year, I’m signing up for a political campaign because volunteering is in my blood.


In the past though, I’ve done been a parent volunteer to help with open house, to help specific teachers, to shelf books at the school library, to do data entry, to help with the spring, winter, Earth Day and career day fairs and much more.  I was also a PTA member every year. I wish we used Volunteer Spot for free scheduling. They provide email reminders, email invitations and make it easy to coordinate scheduling and projects. You can try a demo to see how it helps save time and helps you save your sanity.

Back to School Sweeps – Win an iPad for you and $500 for your school via VolunteerSpot’s Facebook page. Hurry! It ends September 15th.- *ENDED*

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I’m taking part in the “I’m Signing Up” campaign for Volunteer Spot because I believe in volunteering.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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  1. Volunteering to help in school is so important! I was co-room parent last year and this year now that I am home am helping in the classroom with clerical support as much as I can. Love using Volunteerspot to organize everything!
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  2. Sara Broers

    Agreed…….Volunteers make a difference! The trick is to find the balance for you and your family.

  3. I’m always volunteering at my daughter’s school too. Great advice.
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  4. What an interesting site. We had a couple of parent volunteers when I was student teaching in kindergarten. I loved them! They came on the days and at times that fit them best and we just sat out work for them then. It was nice.
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  5. very nice information.Agree these tips and every one must follow this.we must show more interest on volunteering in school.very helpful info thanks again buddy
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  6. Thanks for the sweeps link! Love your tips on what to do and what not to do!
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  7. Great tips!! Both kids are in new schools, so I’m dusting off my volunteering skills.

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  8. Connie, this looks like a great program for schools and parents to use,
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  9. learning to say no is difficult. but important.
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